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New school proposal in the R-P district


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold

of Rushford, Minn.

As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor building site and the abandoned old school sites.  All of these are the result of a lack of information about the latest proposal. 

This current plan is the result of much study and the review of several community wide committee.  First, this proposal is the only one where the entire state is offering to pay over one half of the total cost.  It shows that the State of Minnesota values education. It is also different than the last proposal.  It is a proposal to build the whole school, not part of a school, and at approximately the same cost as last time.

To think that taxes will not increase if we do not build a new school is not realistic.  In my almost 50 years of paying real estate taxes, the only decreases have been small and temporary.  It costs money to maintain a building, especially an old building that does not meet current building codes and was constructed before insulation was used.  Retrofitting a building like this results in having an old building with a patchwork of modern ideas.  It does not solve the issues of crowding, small classrooms, small hallways, lack of space for group activities, poor location and traffic patterns, no parking for staff, and many other issues.

Some people think the new site is not safe. What about the current location? Having the new site off the main highway with off street parking, loading and unloading seems to be a vast improvement over the existing site. To me there is no comparison.

Lastly, what about the existing school buildings? I took part in a planning session to work on a plan to use the vacated buildings.  In that discussion I learned that there is a 40% tax credit available for use in upgrading old buildings. One of the ideas coming from the group was to develop residences near the downtown. A recent article in the Tri County Record describes this proposal. We have been informed that there are three developers willing to take a look at this if the new school proposal passes. Think about the increase in local taxes this will provide for the school, city and county. Peterson also has an opportunity to explore ideas to re-purpose the building.  I have heard comments that .....
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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